This is an encore performance of Alan Bennett’s rousing state-of-the-nation drama, filmed live in front of an audience at London's Bridge Theatre and set in an old fashioned cradle-to-grave NHS hospital, threatened with closure. Geriatric patients’ singalongs and Bennett’s stinging wit entertain and provoke in this sharp, funny and political new play.
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is ‘just what the doctor ordered’ (Daily Telegraph). Filmed live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run, don’t miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the NHS’ (Observer).
The Beth, an old fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town on the edge of the Pennines, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward, and the triumphs of the old people’s choir.
Alan Bennett’s celebrated plays include The History Boys, The Lady in the Van and The Madness of George III, all of which were also seen on film. Allelujah! is his tenth collaboration with award-winning director Nicholas Hytner.